Filter survived the various slings and arrows slung at them during the new millennium, proving that they still had an audience by getting both 2008's Anthems for the Damned and 2010's The Trouble with Angels into the Top 100 of the Billboard 200. It was enough to get a major label interested, and 2013's The Sun Comes Out Tonight popped up on EMI, which explains some of the slickness of the album. Surely, there is still a bit of ballast -- the album opens up with a roar on "Burn It" and it occasionally circles back around to this processed, distorted rush (witness the self-lacerating "Self Inflicted," the closest this album gets to "Hey Man, Nice Shot," or the almost parodic "This Finger's for You") but generally, The Sun Comes Out Tonight skews toward the shimmering, melodic end of adult-alternative rock, a sound that fits Filter's age if not their reputation.
“Take a Picture” may be Filter’s biggest chart hit, but we’ll always be partial to “Hey Man, Nice Shot” and the songs that let main man Richard Patrick vent, fume, and bleed a little bit. Fortunately, that’s what Patrick favors on his sixth Filter album, a 12-song set that went through a couple of permutations but still bristles with industrial-strength angst on tracks such as “We Hate It when You Get What You Want,” “This Finger’s For You,” and the particularly brutal “Self Inflicted.” That makes the pretty moments like “Surprise” that much more effective, while the stark “It’s My Time” is as harrowing as any of the heavier tracks. GARY GRAFF .